Last month, I finally booked my first wedding shoot. I know it does not seem much to some, but I was very excited to say the least. It is strange, I had all of these expectations to meet with the bride and groom to discuss things, to meet with the wedding coordinator and see the venue and do a walk-through. Did any of this happen? No.
Let’s just say the wedding was short and sweet. I got a call from a man and he asked me a few questions about weddings and wedding photography. I answered all of his questions, but suggested that I meet him and his bride to go over a few more details, since she was calling the shots. After meeting, he called the next day and wanted to hire me. I was a bit surprised to say the least, since the only information he had was my name and web-site. We finally did meet in person and I showed both of them my work. Here are a few tips to help you out.
- Try not to rush things. The bride and groom may be on a time schedule, but be sure to make a list of items to touch base on and stick to it. We don’t want any surprises.
- Recommend two photographers. I am a big fan of using two photographers. Why? Because you can’t be in two places at once and it is next to impossible to catch it all. And you can pretty much leave one lens on, while your second shooter uses another.
- Identify who is in charge of the wedding. If there is a wedding coordinator it is he or she, if not the bride or bride’s mother. If you need something, they will be the person to go to, to get it done.
- Always do a walk-through of the venue and take pictures. This wedding was at a nice restaurant and I went a few days before the wedding and asked the restaurant manager if I could take some pictures to share with my second shooter.
- One of my favorites phrases, “Be Prepared”. Clean and inventory your equipment the day before. You don’t want to arrive on location, just to find out that your lenses have seen better days or that you forgot to bring extra batteries.
- The bride is usually 99% late. (**Note: Don’t stress it is par for the course and you will never change this. **)
- Bring extra business cards and be nice to everyone; you never know who your next client will be.
Because of time, we did some family portraits in the park, before the wedding. Then we drove to the venue, got setup, took some pre-wedding shots, and photographed the wedding ceremony. Like I said it was short and sweet. Weddings are usually fun to shoot. Everyone is happy, for the most part because; it’s a joyous occasion for both parties’ families.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.